Constitution Education Seminars and Classes by Douglas V. Gibbs are not mere lectures.  When you attend an event instructed by Douglas V. Gibbs, it is a presentation.  Events led by Douglas V. Gibbs include a folder full of presentation materials, a copy of The Basic Constitution (for 15 hour and 16 hour classes/seminars only), and its companion The Basic Constitution Workbook (given to all attendees at 6 hour or longer presentations), and a slide presentation in sync with Doug's verbal presentation.

No matter which presentation you choose, be it the 6 hour, 15 hour, 16 hour, or an adjusted presentation tailored only for your group, one thing is for sure. . . your members will walk away from the event more educated, more informed, and more prepared to fight the good fight for this country using constitutional principles and philosophies.

As a people, we have been conditioned to believe untruths about the original intent of the United States Constitution.  Even conservatives have been fooled into believing the myths propagated by big government statists.  The strategies being used, however, are nothing new.  The Founding Fathers battled many of the same arguments.  Subversion of the United States Constitution emerged at the start, but the Framers were problem solvers and activists, and by the 1820s, the nationalists that had a stranglehold on the Federalist Party became a minor foothold in history.  Unfortunately, after the American Civil War, they emerged again, this time armed with philosophies embraced by the Fabians, as well.  The battle, now, is louder than ever, but never forget what James Madison had to say about it. . . "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people."

Note: Outlines on this page are subject to change as necessary to better equip your group during their education regarding the United States Constitution. . . 

Seminars (6 hour Presentation broken up into a one-day, two-day, or three-day event):

Hour 1

1.1 History

a: Saxons

b: Solon

c: Polybius

d: Cicero

1.2 We the People

a: We are not a Democracy

b: A Republic, if you can keep it

c: The United States are

1.3 A More Perfect Union

a: Articles of Confederation

b: External versus Internal Issues

c: Divine Providence

d: The Federal Convention of 1787

1.4 Separation of Powers

a: Montesquieu

b: Three Branches

c: "Shall be vested"

1.5 Legislative Powers

a: The meaning of "all"

b: Herein Granted

c: Bicameral Congress

Hour 2

2.1 Legislative Branch

a: House of Representatives: Voice of the People

b: Power of the Purse Strings

c: Senate: Voice of the States

d: Natural Checks and Balances

2.2 Executive Branch

a: Elections and Electors

b: Commander in Chief

c: Advise and Consent

d: Recess Appointments

e: Laws be faithfully executed

2.3 Judicial Branch

a: Judicial Power and John Jay

b: John Marshall

c: Judicial Review

d: Bad Behavior

e: Activist Judges

f: Original Jurisdiction

g: Treason

2.4 Concerning the States

a: Full Faith and Credit

b: Privileges and Immunities

c: Fugitive Slave Act

d: New States

e: Territories

f: Protect Each of Them

Hour 3

3.1 Amendments and Convention

a: Proposed by Congress

b: Proposed by the States

c: Con-Con

d: Republic Review

e: Equal Suffrage 

3.2 Federal Supremacy

a: This Constitution

b: Laws of the United States

c: Treaties

d: Law of the Land

e: Supremacy Misapplied

3.3 Ratification

a: Compromises

b: 3/5s Clause

c: Atlantic Slave Trade

d: Migration

e: The Ratification Conventions

f: Federalist Papers

Hour 4

4.1 Introduction to the Bill of Rights

a: Anti-Federalists

b: James Madison

c: Muddied Waters

4.2 Incorporation of the Bill of Rights

a: Chris Bingham

b: Congressional Globe

c: Slaughterhouse Case

d: Judicial Oligarchy

e: State Sovereignty Compromised

4.3 Language of the Bill of Rights

a: Establishment Clause

b: Free Exercise Thereof

c: Danbury Baptists

d: Laws of Nature and Nature's God

e: Assembly

f: Regulated

g: Militia

h: Security of a Free State

i: Standing Army

j: Search and Seizure

k: Due Process

l: Enumeration of Rights

m: States Rights and the 10th Amendment

4.4 Natural Rights

a: Definition of a Right

b: Rights versus Responsibility

c: With Freedom Comes Responsibility

d: Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor

4.5 The Essence of Freedom

a: The Principles of a Limited Government

b: Further Limiting the Courts

c: Dividing Power

d: Two Wolves, and a Sheep

Hour 5

5.1 The Civil War

a: The Cotton Gin

b: Atlantic Slave Trade

c: Lincoln: Contain Slavery

d: The abolition of Slavery

e: Citizenship Clause

f: Anchor Babies

g: Equal Protection Clause

h: Ratification Under Duress

i: Racism, and the Voting Booth

5.2 The Progressive Era

a: Soak the Rich

b: Bailey Bill

c: Direct Taxation

d: The State's Voice in the Senate

e: Prohibition

5.3 Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herber Hoover, and FDR

a: Federal Reserve

b: Roaring 20s

c: The Great Depression

d: The New Deal

e: A Nation at War

f: Presidential Term Limits

Hour 6

6.1 Modern Progressives

a: Taxation without Representation

b: Women's Rights

c: Poll Taxes

d: Old Enough To Fight, Old Enough To Vote

6.2 The Last Amendments

a: Forgotten Amendments

b: Forgotten Bill of Rights

c: Collusion

d: Follow the Money

6.3 The Five Tools

a: Peaceful Revolution

b: Nullification

c: Secession

d: Convention: Con-Con, Article V., Republic Review

e: Bloody Revolution

6.4 Solutions

a: Murrieta Immigration Protesters

b: Revival

c: Local Involvement

d: Educating the Public

 Classes (16 Hours in 8 Days, 15 Hours in 5 Days, or 16 Hours in 4 Days)

Day 1 (or Day 1a):

1 - History of the Colonies, Research of Past Civilizations, and Colonial Lessons

2 - Preamble

3 - Three Branches

4 - Separation of Powers

Day 2 (or Day 1b):

1 - Legislative Branch

2 - Executive Branch

3 - Judicial Branch

Day 3 (or Day 2a):

1 - State Sovereignty

2 - Full Faith and Credit

3 - Dynamics of the American Constitutional Republic

---------- End of Day 1 in 15 Hour Model

4 - Amendments and Conventions

5 - Supremacy Clause

6 - Ratification Conventions

7 - Federalist Papers

Day 4 (or Day 2b):

1 - Bill of Rights, Introduction, Incorporation, Anti-Federalists

2 - Religious Freedoms

3 - Political Speech

4 - Right to Bear Arms

5 - Standing Army

6 - Due Process and our Court Systems

7 - Natural Rights

8 - 10th Amendment

---------- End of Day 2 in 15 hour model

Day 5 (or Day 3a):

1 - Limiting the Courts

2 - Fixing the Presidential Electoral Process

3 - The Civil War

4 - Citizenship

5 - Equal Protection

6 - Voting Rights

Day 6 (or Day 3b):

1 - Progressive Era

---------- End of Day 3 in 15 Hour Model

2 - Direct Taxation

3 - State Representation in Government

4 - Federal Reserve

5 - Wilson versus Coolidge

6 - The Raw Deal

Day 7 (or Day 4a):

1 - Suffrage

2 - Civil Rights

3 - Age Discrimination

4 - Behavior versus Racial Designation

---------- End of Day 4 in 15 Hour Model

5 - Taxation Without Representation

6 - Collusion

7 - Follow the Money

Day 8 (or Day 4b):

1 - Solutions

2 - Five Tools

3 - Taking Action

4 - Local Advocacy

5 - The Process of Turning America Around

6 - Expecting a Constitutional Government

7 - How Far Off We Are

8 - How Close We Are

9 - Conclusions

---------- End of Day 5 in 15 Hour Model


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